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Posts from the ‘travel’ category

IN TRANSIT – people, going

Travel is a big part of Life. It makes some people happy, some sad. It never leaves you indifferent. So, why wait until we reach our destination, before reaching for the camera…?

 

 

 

 

"Cancun? There's nothing but tourists in Cancun! That's not real Mexico!" These jaded commuters on the R1 bus beg to differ.

“Cancun? There’s nothing but tourists in Cancun! That’s not real Mexico!” Perhaps these jaded commuters on the R1 bus beg to differ. By the way, the busker was allowed to board without a ticket, he played a few songs, made some change, and payed for his ride on the way off the bus. That, my friends, is travelling in true style.

 

 

 

This is great! And then i want to go on top of that castle... Rome.

This is great! And then i want to go on top of that castle… Rome.

 

 

 

Not so happy on the Metro A, Rome.

Not so happy on the Metro A, Rome.

 

 

 

Hey, it's going to leave soon! Puerto Escondido, Mexico.

Hey, it’s going to leave soon! Puerto Escondido, Mexico.

 

 

 

Unhappy in the rain, shot from a city bus, Via Nazionale, Rome.

Unhappy in the rain, shot from a city bus, Via Nazionale, Rome.

 

 

 

Happiness is moving.  Sometimes in more ways than one. Southern Mexico.

Happiness is moving. Sometimes in more ways than one. Southern Mexico.

 

 

 

Definitely not happy in Mexico City's blazing sunlight for hours on end.

Definitely not happy in Mexico City’s blazing sunlight for hours on end.

 

 

 

Happy though it's raining. (God's people are always happy, aren't they?) Rome.

Happy though it’s raining. (God’s people are always happy, aren’t they?) Rome.

 

 

 

Happy if she makes it (she did). Commuter train, Rome.

Happy if she makes it (she did). Commuter train, Rome.

 

 

 

Wife beater, ragtop, and a shiny vintage Fiat 500. This spells more that happiness: in Rome this is pure bliss.

Wife beater, ragtop, and a shiny vintage Fiat 500. This spells more that happiness: in Rome this is pure bliss.

 

 

This is the first step of a project i’ve been mulling over for years. Just us ordinary joes, when we’re going from one place to another. The way we look. The way we temporarily lose our individuality as we cram together into public tansportation, filling the spaces, taking their shape as water does inside a bottle. When we fit together in brief, ever-shifting jigsaw puzzles.

 

I had been mulling over this for some time and the prompt form the daily post suggested the topic for today’s post. Which, i’m quite sure, i will be touching again soon. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/daily-prompt-trains-planes-and-automobiles/

 

Hope you enjoyed a bit of movement…

Alessandro Ciapanna

 

 

 

 

 

GIOLITTI – rome’s best gelateria

the narrow alley is packed solid with kids of all ages happily slurping away. getting a cone at giolitti’s gelateria is a true roman tradition well over 100 years old.

 

 

 

 

 

the most difficult part is choosing the ideal combination of flavors

 

 

 

 

 

scooping it up. you can get your gelato on a cone or in a paper cup.

 

 

 

 

 

a whipped cream topping is another option. loved this guy’s expression

 

 

 

 

 

the annoying part is you got to stand in line twice: once to pay for your ticket, and then to exchange your ticket for your ice cream. obviously, complications sometimes ensue

 

 

 

 

 

sitting indoors is a classy experience that comes at a premium price. free wifi, though

 

 

 

 

 

most people eat their gelato on the street, standing, sitting, or walking

 

 

 

 

 

many people just get their cones and then plunk themselves down on the little tables outside, but the waiters don’t like this

 

 

 

 

 

 

it’s probably impossible to lick a cone and preserve a dignified expression at the same time… and she doesn’t seem too happy about this

 

 

 

 

 

young romans have no qualms about sitting on the sidewalk for a gelato-fortified chat

 

 

 

 

 

artsy doorknobs and gilded g’s on giolitti’s glass door reflecting the crowds of kids slurping their cones in the alley outside

 

 

 

 

 

happiness is a couple of good friends and a gelato di giolitti

 

 

 

 

 

oh, man. that was unforgettable!

 

 

 

 

 

few would argue that italy has some of the world’s best gelato. and rome being rome, it has attracted italy’s most talented over thousands of years. so it is fair to say that rome offers some of the best that italy has to show off. today’s photo essay was taken in rome’s most celebrated gelateria, giolitti, smack dab in the heart of ancient rome.

alessandro ciapanna

ROLLING ROME – a city on wheels

you know what happens when you give an italian a set of wheels.

and tourists are just as quick to imitate them…

 

 

 

 

 

wheelies require concentration: note the tongue sticking out of his mouth. villa borghese, rome

 

 

 

 

 

this kid was trying his hardest to flip over – to no avail. piazza del popolo, rome

 

 

 

 

 

this would have made a funny speeded-up video. the lady was trying out a segway, going around in circles, and the little girl chased her the whole time. piazza del popolo, rome

 

 

 

 

 

no, he actually didn’t fall… villa borghese, rome

 

 

 

 

 

the pair on the right were obviously on their very first rollerblade experience. the thingy in the background is a water-driven public clock (which never tells the right time) villa borghese, rome

 

 

 

 

 

tourists just lovin’ that italian-style cruising. villa borghese, rome

 

 

 

 

 

german kid getting hooked on a nasty habit at an early age. villa borghese, rome

 

 

 

 

 

these kids were racing, and nothing would have stopped them. villa borghese, rome

 

 

 

 

 

wait, no. one pilot losing his shoe, that’s what stopped them, but only temporarily. villa borghese, rome

 

 

 

 

 

the stylish guy on the mountain bike looks like he’s struggling. little does he know that the statue in the background is dedicated to enrico toti, who became a cyclist although he was missing one leg. villa borghese, rome

 

 

 

 

 

photographs captured in april 2012 in rome

alessandro ciapanna